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Tuesday, March 06, 2012


Barbara Bush appears to have a failing memory.

The former First Lady of the United States offers her view that 2012 is the "worst campaign I have ever seen."
“I think the rest of the world is looking at us these days and saying, ‘What are you doing?’
Apparently she has forgotten 1984, when she thought she was being ladylike in a response to a question about her opinion of Democratic vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro, declared:
"I can't say it, but it rhymes with rich."
And she must certainly fail to recall 1988, when her husband entrusted his campaign to Roger Ailes and Lee Atwater. Ailes needs no introduction, but it's worth reminding her what Atwater said of the strategy employed against Michael Dukakis, declaring the campaign's goal was to:
"...strip the bark off the little bastard."
That sorry campaign brought us Willie Horton and rumors about Dukakis' mental health and marks the first real plunge off the cliff to the abyss we find ourselves today.

So is this campaign the worst because the GOP is aiming its opprobrium against fellow Republicans?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the record, it was Al Gore that brought Willie Horton to that campaign.

March 06, 2012 6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess everyone has a failing memory when it serves them.

March 06, 2012 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

Anonymous writes falsely about Al Gore. Hannity's claim that it was Gore, and not the Bush-Quayle '88 campaign, who engaged in race-baiting by using the Horton case against Dukakis is false. During a 1988 Democratic primary debate, Gore did ask Dukakis about "weekend passes for convicted criminals." But as Slate "Chatterbox" columnist Timothy Noah noted on November 1, 1999, "Gore never mentioned that Horton was black; indeed, he never mentioned Horton by name."

Moreover, as Daily Howler editor Bob Somerby noted (in documenting a prior instance of Hannity making the same erroneous Horton claim on November 1, 2002), in questioning Dukakis's tacit support of the Massachusetts furlough program, Gore never mentioned Horton's crime. Instead, Gore specifically mentioned two criminals who committed murder after escaping from their prison furlough. Somerby also noted that besides never mentioning Horton, his race, or his crime, Gore also differed from the Bush-Quayle '88 campaign in that he "never ran any TV ads on the topic; and never used any visuals."


March 06, 2012 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a lawyer would say" he opened the line of questioning".

March 07, 2012 5:08 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Gore did indeed "open the line of questioning" about furloughs

But he was long gone by the time Floyd "Citizens United" Brown took that opposition research and made Horton the centerpiece of the race-baiting "independent" Bush campaign with the revolving door commercial.

I was there. Hannity was not.

March 07, 2012 5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never understood how that Willie Horton thing was considered race baiting, if Willie had been white his actions would have been just as heinous and Mass would have been just as culpable in the crimes. Maybe I just look past the race and focus on the actions/consequences.

March 07, 2012 9:09 AM  

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